Death by dangerous driving sentence to increase
by Helen Jackson |
posted 08 November 2017
The recent announcement from the Ministry of Justice has been welcomed by road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist. The sentence faced by those who cause death by dangerous driving could be of similar length to those convicted of manslaughter.
The maximum penalty is being raised from 14 years to life.
The introduction of the new penalties demonstrates Government commitment to protecting those who are vulnerable on the road. This move is crucial to rid the UK’s roads of the most persistent and dangerous offenders.
Neil Worth, Road Safety Officer for GEM says: “We support these new measures. There should be no place on our roads for people who have shown a flagrant disregard for the rules and cause death because they were using a mobile phone, speeding, over the drink-drive limit or impaired by drugs.” Worth continues, “We hope this will discourage people from taking risks. However, in order for the tougher sentences to be effective, we do also need a higher-visibility police presence on our roads.”
Statista reported that in 2016, the number of recorded deaths by dangerous driving in the UK was 449. This was almost a 10% increase in deaths from the previous year. It seems the Ministry of Justice’s announcement has come at the right time.
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